The Belinfante Quartet has been awarded the second Delft Chamber Music Festival Award.

This award is an incentive prize for young musical talent and consists of a performance during the Delft Chamber Music Festival (DCMF) which runs this year between 25th July – 4th August. The presentation took place at the final event of the Delft Fringe Festival, one of the partners of the DCFM. In addition to the Belinfante Quartet, the Prima Donna’s and Jonathan Nagel were nominated for the prize.

This award guarantees a paid performance during the 24th edition of the Delft Chamber Music Festival in 2020. The Belinfante Quartet performed a piece entitled Tchk – Czech! miniatures from the Czech composer Léos Janácek and collaborated on this project with visual artist Jordi Cárdenas. 

The jury of the Delft Chamber Music Festival praised the quartet for its good concentration, pure sound and teamwork. The images of Cárdenas matched nicely with the music and the jury was enthusiastic about the original interaction between the musicians and the images. Moreover, the crossover between music and image fits in well with the trend to color outside the lines within classical music, something that the Delft Chamber Music Festival always strives for.

The quartet consists of Olivia Doflein, Fiona Robertson, Sophie Vroegop and Pau Marquès i Oleo. Talent development is central. Just like at the Delft Fringe Festival (one of the largest theater festivals in the Netherlands), one of the goals of the Delft Chamber Music Festival is promoting and stimulating young talent. For example, the festival annually realizes the Young Talent Route with, among others, the prize winners of the various classic competitions that take place annually in the Netherlands.

This year, this concert route, including pianist Yang Yang Cai and cellist Eline Hensels, will take place on Friday, 2nd August in various historic locations in the center of Delft. This is also where the winner of the DCMF Award 2018: the DOT Quartet. During the festival there is also the music theater performance Willem, the opera in which children between 6 and 12 years old from Delft and surroundings play a part, and the Orfeo Scratch Concert by amateur singers and musicians from Delft and the like. 

Click here for full programme and more information on the Delft Chamber Music Festival

and here for more information on the Belinfante Quartet